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Hinduism

STUDY
PLAY
Brahma
the creator god
Vishnu
the preserving god
Shiva
the destroying god
avatars
reincarnations, or decedents of a "god"
puja
worship
Karma
"action" refering to the simple principle that one's life is governed by one's own continuing behavior of practice. What one does governs what one will become
After death
there will be rebirth followed by another death ect.
Beginning-less cycle
samsara
disciplined meditation
allows one to become engaged in ordinary life but not to be attached to the fruits of one's action
Release from the endless cycle
moksha
Bhagavad Gita
Holy book
main characters of Bhagavad Gita
Arjuna, Lord Krishna
Four purposes of "human life"
Dharma (law, duty, custom) Artha (wealth, work, business) Kama (desire, pleasure) Moksha (release, salvation)
Four stages of life
Brahma Carin (student) Grihastha (householder) Vaha Prastha (forest dweller) Sannyasin (abandoning)
Caste
comes from Portugeese meaning breed, race, or kind, also social class
Names of Castes
Brahmins (priests) Kshatryas (warriors) Shudra (slaves)